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Humming right along through summer


Posted 06/16/2017

By Jake Kulland

We could probably look back into the archives and this column, and we say the same thing every year — Summer goes way too fast.  As we write these words this week, It is already June 15, halfway through summer’s first month.  While we try and relax and enjoy all it has to offer, no sure why but summer always seems to go like someone if pushing the fast forward button.  While we try to slow things down as best we can, we would also like to say here our thoughts are with everyone that suffered tremendous crop and property damage in the storm (Tornado?  Straight line winds?) on June 9.  It was devastating to many, and we hope everyone will be able to put things back together slowly but surely.  We have lots of good news this week, so let’s get to it:

Romfo cranks two home runs in Babe Ruth Baseball

Let’s start by giving a shout out to Langdon Eagles Babe Ruth player Simon Romfo.  In a game in Park River on June 13, Simon hit not one but two homes runs in a 28-3 Langdon win.  One was a grand slam, the other a two run shot.  Now, this has been done several times in American Legion Baseball, but for the Babe Ruth level this is an extremely rare occurence, like lightning striking twice. Simon will be freshman this fall at Langdon High School, and he along with his talented teammates have a huge athletic future in front of them, which should be a blast to watch unfold.

A triple play and a no hitter in girls softball

The Langdon Pink Panthers 14U Girls Softball team is off to an unbeaten 5-0 start, and they have already had some unreal plays take place.  In a game on June 7, they turned a rare triple play, as Hannah Thorlakson caught a line drive at third base with the bases loaded, stepped on third then threw to Taylor Domres at first to end the inning.  Seeing a triple play live is a very surreal experience, and the fans that were in attendance may have seen something that’s once in a lifetime.  If that weren’t enough, Panthers pitcher Hailey Thorlakson threw a no hitter in a game earlier this week at Drayton, and was one walk away from a perfect game.  The 14U Northern League plays what is called a modified slo-pitch this year, which is a little heard to explain.  It’s kind of flat slow pitch, with no arch.  Best of luck to Pink Panthers coach Jeff Kruk and the team the rest of the year.  14U Softball is hugely popular in Langdon this year, with right around 40 girls playing on the Pink and Green teams.

Langdon School District Foundation Golf Tournament coming June 24

The Langdon Country Club, which lost 11 trees in the June 9 storm, is ready to go for the annual Langdon School District Foundation Golf Tournament on June 24.  Tournament organizer Chalmer Dettler tells us that there is still room for a couple of 4-person teams, just contact him at the FM Bank at 256-5431.  This tournament is unique in that just about everyone wins something after the tourney is complete, and they have many large door prizes this year.  While on the subject of tournaments, congratulations to Cody Pengilly and Brandon Downs, winners of the CCMH Foundation Tournament held June 10.  And the club also wants to thank the many people who came out the morning of that tourney to help clean up the trees that came down in the storm, including a huge one right at the club entrance, which destroyed the gate for the second time in club history.

“See ya!” next week!